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 Memories of Merelbeke - een randgemeente van Gent

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Belgium 1970s
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MERELBEKE


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We lived in Belgium in the 1970s. Dad, Eric Hayles was working for Volvo Europa at Oostakker near Ghent and we moved into a house in the Verlorenbroodstraat in Merelbeke. We hope you enjoy our evocative photos of life in Merelbeke, a suburb of Ghent.

56 files, last one added on Oct 27, 2014
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GHENT/GENT BELGIUM


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We lived near the beautiful city of Ghent (Gent) in Belgium in East Flanders (Oost Vlaanderen) from 1974 till 1978, although dad was there for about another six years after that. We hope you enjoy some of our photo archive from those happy times.

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MERELBEKE FRIENDS AND NEIGHBOURS


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Some of our wonderful neighbours and friends when we lived in Merelbeke. If you know any names that we haven't mentioned, please add them below the photo.

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DANSCLUB TERPSICHORE MERELBEKE


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Mum and dad had dancing lessons at the Dansclub Terpsichore in Hundelgemsesteenweg in 1977-78. These are pictures from one of their social functions.

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OUT AND ABOUT IN BELGIUM


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Our Welsh friends, the Davies Family


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We attended church at the Evangelisch Centruum, Burgstraat, Gent, where we got to know the wonderful Davies family from Wales (the clue was in the name!) Charles and Betty, Godfrey, Joseph and Noel. There were also two sisters who weren't in Belgium. Charles was an accomplished artists and signwriter. He once had a job painting the Coca Cola logo on lorries, so he must have been very good! He also painted a sign for our neighbours opposite which read "Bobinage van motoren".

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Documentation


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Leaflets and other documentation from our time in Belgium

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Belgium 1990s
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VISITS TO MERELBEKE IN 1990s


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In the 1990s, along came the internet. Jonathan put "Merelbeke" into a search engine to see what he would see, and stumbled across the website of Sint-Michielsschool. After writing a greeting in the guest book he received a reply from Guy van Heddegem, and a friendship developed which led to Jonathan visiting Merelbeke in 1998 and writing a song which was performed at the school's Eindejaarshow. He visited again the following year. Here are some pictures from those shows.... we hope to bring you some video clips in the future too. Photos mostly by Jonathan Hayles, captions by Guy van Heddegem.

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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 4/4612 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975 3/4572 viewsDec 05, 2017
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GITO Merelbeke leaflet from 1975 2/4194 viewsGITO Merelbeke flyer van 1975Dec 05, 2017
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Cards at Number 31330 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried at his mother's in Moortsele334 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried's mother in Moortsele325 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried and Lydiane at Wilfried's mother's in Moortsele343 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Tram near the Gravensteen in Ghent, 1978541 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa330 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Lydiane makes sure Wilfried is doing things properly335 viewsOct 27, 2014
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa322 viewsOct 27, 2014

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Eric Piens watched by his son Reuben228 viewsApril 1978
I believe Eric is using Wilfried de Moor's cement mixer. I recognise it well!
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Wilfried adds the finishing touches to his villa330 views
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998199 viewsNa afloop getuigde iemand uit het 250-koppig publiek: "Ik heb in tijden niet meer zo gelachen!"
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Eric Piens helped by sons Hedwig and Reuben236 viewsApril 1978
I believe Eric is using Wilfried de Moor's cement mixer. I recognise it well!
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Wilfried De Moor, aerial engineer!293 views
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Boer en ploegpaard1 - Merelbeke farmer 1975474 views
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Volvo colleague Dennis Kinchen in Lourdes351 viewsDad and Dennis visited Lourdes, near Oostakker, in 1974 just to see why everyone else was heading there.
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Michael and dad fix the VW exhaust.. it's only one year old!!375 viewsMerelbeke 1977
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999263 views
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Sint-Michielsschool 1999195 views
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Sint-Michielsschool Eindejaarshow 1998 - Simon193 viewsSimon bedankte met veel flair onze twee sneeuwklasmontrices, Bernadette en Marleen, waarna deze laatste letterlijk in de bloemetjes werden gezet.
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Party time at Dansclub Terpsichore Merelbeke187 views